Composite album folio, calligraphy, standing youth, lady with a cup

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1590
  • Geography

    Probably Qazwin, Iran
  • Material

    Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 39.7 x 27.6 cm (15 5/8 x 10 7/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Artist

    ascribed to Muhammad Sadiqi (died 1610)
    ascribed to Ustad Muhammad Qasim
  • Calligrapher

    Sultan Ali al-Mashhadi
  • Description

    Detached album folio: top of the page: calligraphic panel in Arabic black nasta'liq script, signed by Sultan Ali Mashhadi; bottom right: Youth standing, ascribed to Ustad Muhammad Qasim; bottom left: Lady with a cup, ascribed to Sadiqi, bottom page: stamp.
    Border: The painting is set in green, gold and black rulings in an inner frame of calligraphy panels, in Persian black nasta'liq script, with golden flowers and a gold outer frame, mounted on a board with gold floral motifs on a blue ground.
  • Inscriptions

    Triangular panel, top right, "written by Sultan Ali Mashhadi."
    Bottom right, "master Muhammad Qasim."
    Bottom left, "Sadiqi."
  • Provenance

    From at least 1910
    Léonce Rosenberg (1879-1947), Paris, from at least 1910 [1]
    To 1942
    Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, to 1942 [2]
    From 1942 to 1986
    Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France [3]
    From 1986
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France [4]
    [1] The object is documented as having appeared in the collection of Léonce Rosenberg by at least July 21, 1910. See Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 7: Chart of Recent Provenance" in An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection, Glenn D. Lowry et al (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 409.
    [2] See Glenn D. Lowry et al., An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 306, no. 356.
    [3] See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.
    [4] See note 3.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy (Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Sunday, May 03, 2015)
    A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (November 20, 1988 to April 30, 1989)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Léonce Rosenberg (1879-1947)
    Henri Vever (1854-1942)
    Francois Mautin (1907-2003)
  • Origin

    Probably Qazwin, Iran
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
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